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Police suspect murder in weekend beating death

Enrique Ixcot

A man found lying in the yard of his 113 East Gallatin Street residence on Saturday evening died Sunday morning, the result of massive head wounds, according to Hazlehurst Police Chief Byron Swilley.
Police responded to a 911 call placed by the wife of 32-year-old Enrique Ixcot around 9:39 p.m. on Saturday after Ixcot’s wife discovered him lying in the yard, bleeding and unresponsive.  Still alive, Ixcot was transported by ambulance to Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in Hazlehurst, then on to the trauma unit at University Medical Center in Jackson by helicopter.
Ixcot was pronounced dead at 10:45 Sunday morning, becoming the first alleged murder victim in Hazlehurst in 2011.
Swilley said that Ixcot had returned to his home after working all day Saturday and was attacked outside of his vehicle some time that evening. “Right now, we are not sure of a motive for the attack, and we have no suspects,” Swilley said.
While investigating the case “aggressively,” as Swilley said on Monday, the police are asking for help from the community.  Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Hazlehurst Police Department at 601-894-1181 or place a call to Central Mississippi Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477 or 1-888-827-4637.  “Reward money is available to those with credible and crucial information,” Swilley added.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is partnering with Hazlehurst Police Department to help solve the case, Swilley said.

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